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Shinto Thoughts in the Shrine of Life

The Argument

The Argument

Tanuki-san woke up and found himself at a party.  The party was being hosted by the ancient Persian magician Zoroaster, who had used his magical powers to bring together the greatest religious leaders, thinkers and sages the world had ever known – from all sorts of...

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The Fires

The Fires

Tanuki-san was sleeping soundly when he was rudely shaken awake.  He looked up through sleepy eyes to discover that he was being awakened by an angel.  Not one of those cherubic little putti that you see around the borders of Renaissance paintings – this was what the...

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Who Cares about the Truth?

Who Cares about the Truth?

Tanuki-san woke up to find himself in a classroom.  The very distinguished professor was teaching a course in world religions, and today’s lecture was on the subject of Christianity.  “Do you realize” the professor began, “that Jesus was not the son of a carpenter, as...

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Where are You Going?

Where are You Going?

Tanuki-san woke up to find himself in a corner of St. Peter’s Square in Rome.  In front of him stood the majestic basilica of St. Peter’s.  Visitors were streaming out of the front door, buttoning their coats and raising their umbrellas.  It wasn’t your typical Rome...

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What is a Tanuki?

What is a Tanuki?

The tanuki is a small mammal indigenous to Japan.  It’s scientific name is nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus, colloquially called the “Japanese raccoon dog”.  In English, the word “tanuki” is most often translated as “badger”, and sometimes as “raccoon”,...

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Catherine

Catherine

If someone were to propose a movie based on the life of a young woman of the late Middle Ages who was functionally illiterate even into adulthood and tortured herself with acts of penance, yet managed to become a counselor to princes and an advisor to two Popes, you...

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Drukpa Kunley (1455 – 1529)

Drukpa Kunley (1455 – 1529)

Of all the crazy fuckers we are likely to talk about, Drukpa Kunley is likely to merit the title of craziest. Hands down, at least if we are to take the record of his exploits at face value. Trouble is, however, that the details of some of his exploits are so...

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